Nativisation of Malaysian English lexis by Malaysian Indian pre-service English teachers / Nur Aida binti Ahmad Nazeri

Nur Aida, Ahmad Nazeri (2014) Nativisation of Malaysian English lexis by Malaysian Indian pre-service English teachers / Nur Aida binti Ahmad Nazeri. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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    Malaysian English (MalE), one of the non-native varieties of English, has reached the nativisation phase (Schneider, 2003, 2007) where lexico-grammatical restructuring mostly occurs. While previous finding are mostly based on spoken data, the mass media, literary works or a mixture of the aforementioned sources, the written language of young Malaysian adults has not been extensively researched. This study seeks to describe the nativisation of MalE lexis in four contexts of writing, and determine the differences in usage of nativised lexis in these contexts of writings. The primary data was obtained from nineteen pre-service English teachers of Indian ethnicity undergoing a foundation course in a teacher training institute. Within seven weeks, three sets of writing tasks were given to participants. In each set of task, they were asked to write a narrative essay and then to write about the same topic but in a formal context. These essays were analysed using Baskaran’s (1994, 2005), Ooi’s (2001) and Anthonysamy’s (1997) frameworks. Then the extracted data were analysed for the differences of usage using four methods: contextual cushioning, flagging, outer/inner frame and number of MalE lexis per text per 1000 words. A secondary data, a questionnaire, was conducted on the same nineteen pre-service English teachers and six language educators to represent educated adult MalE users. Though based on a small sample, the findings corroborated the documented findings about MalE lexis and provided an in depth study of the differences of usage of the MalE lexis in the writings of educated young adult Malaysians and a way to refine Baskaran’s (2005) broad and general description of MalE lectal continuum by incorporating Ooi’s (2001) concentric model as the criteria for the three levels of lexical description.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) - Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, 2014.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Nativisation of Malaysian English lexis
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
    Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
    Depositing User: Mrs Nur Aqilah Paing
    Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 09:36
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2015 09:36

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